Five Budgeting Tips

Budgeting is an intimidating word. For those who don’t have one, it can be a source of stress. You know you should have one, but you don’t have the time, inclination, or desire to put one together. Furthermore, you don’t trust yourself to stick with it! The good news is you don’t have to spend…

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Don’t Pay Your Deductible

I turned the steering wheel right to make a turn on a green arrow, and the truck began sliding left. Immediately, I knew I was in trouble. Wham! I slammed into a crimson Nissan Rogue in the opposing lane, completely caving in the rear left passenger door and totaling their car. I shouted a four-letter…

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Four Rules for Investing Success

Peter Lynch is a legendary investor known for clarity in his teaching and simplicity in his writing. In his book One Up, he explains how he invested in Dunkin’ Donuts because of his experience as a customer, not because of Wall Street analysis. Furthermore, in his writing, he distilled much of his teaching into some…

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Earning Cash with Getaround

I’m always interested in finding ways to make money that don’t affect your lifestyle. One of the most creative methods I’ve discovered is Getaround. Getaround is a peer-to-peer application that allows you to rent your car for cash. You set all the rules, hours, and prices for using your car, and you generate some additional…

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Financial Freedom For Our Children

If we want the best for our kids, we must first lead lives that set a good example. One of the most important areas for this is in the financial realm. If you are leading a financially responsible life, you can expect your children will do the same. While leading by example is a great foundation, there…

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June 2020 – A Real Estate Opportunity

Real estate is one area the wealthy invest in. It may be their primary homes, vacation homes, or rental properties. One of the most important ingredients in good real estate investing is knowing yourself, what you want, and what is a good buy. This is a lot more difficult to do than many people think. Take a…

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The Power of Affirmations

Today, I want to share the power of affirmations. Webster defines an affirmation as “the action or process of affirming something; encouragement.” For our discussion here, an affirmation is a positive statement about you. When you make such a statement about yourself, it creates positive energy. The spoken word is very powerful. Ancient Greek and Chinese…

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May 2020 – Career and Budget Spring Cleaning

I hope you had a good week. May weather is here, so make sure you go outside, get some fresh air, and exercise. While we continue to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, it’s a good time to do a financial self-evaluation. As I’ve mentioned before, if you already have a job, keep it. Do your best…

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Coronavirus Relief and Benefits

Being unemployed is one of the most discouraging experiences. However, the good news is that during these unprecedented times, the federal and state governments have taken steps to provide additional unemployment relief. Here are some resources you can use if you happen to be without work: 1. CARES Act provides additional unemployment benefits. Specifically, the CARES…

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Cash is King

With the board game Monopoly, it was love at first sight. I still remember that experience when I was eight years old: The fresh smell of a newly opened board game at Christmas time, the miniature houses and hotels, the play money, and the great feelings of winning. My life has changed quite a bit…

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